The Allegiant Cycling Team won one of the most epic battles in RAAM history. Clocking a near-record time of 5 days, 11 hours and 17 minutes, the team beat a star-studded British team that was stacked with World and National Champions. But their journey to raise $150,000 for RMHC of Greater Las Vegas still continues and they need your help to succeed.
The nail-biting race, which saw the Allegiant team's lead constantly fluctuating, was on course to setting a new world record when they broke the British team's will through the rolling hills of Ohio. The "Battle of Ohio" saw the Americans extend their lead from 11 minutes to 54 minutes! The British later admitted defeat in after Ohio, after they were unable to match the pace of their American competitors, and the Allegiant team extended their lead by another hour over the Appalachian Mountains to all but ensure the victory. At this point, the team backed off (sacrificing the course record) and focused on getting the team home safely and with the win intact.
The Allegiant Cycling Team celebrates winning the RAAM. They covered 3,000 miles in 5 days 11 hours and 17 minutes with a 22.77 mph average.
The Race Across America was an epic event and the riders rode through beautiful terrain, while pushing through heat, rain, hail, humidity and a stinging sand/wind storm. The team also suffered a few setbacks while getting lost and waiting a total of over 20 minutes for trains! Despite all this, they averaged 22.77 mph for 3,000 miles!
Congratulations to the riders and crew, all were essential and critical in making this victory happen. Please show your support
You can follow the racers on Facebook and receive updates on their team website. Listen to Allegiant Cycling captain, Tony Gebbia, talk about the race across America on ESPN Radio 11 and 98.9 FM.
About the Race Across America (RAAM)
The Race Across America, known as the "world's toughest bicycle race", will set over 250 competitors on a 3,000-mile route stretching from Oceanside, California to Annapolis, Maryland. Athletes race continuously day and night, on their own power or sharing the challenge with a team, and a crew of 8 -15 people following in support cars with food and supplies for the race. These courageous adventurers brave heat, wind, thunderstorms, altitude, the dark of night, fatigue, and sleep deprivation, cross two major mountain ranges, and raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for charity. For more information and race updates, see www.raceacrossamerica.org.
About Allegiant Travel Company
Las Vegas based Allegiant Travel Company (NASDAQ: ALGT), is focused on linking travelers in small cities to world-class leisure destinations such as Las Vegas, Phoenix, Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Orlando, Fla., Tampa/St. Petersburg, Fla. and Los Angeles. Through its subsidiary, Allegiant Air, the company operates a low-cost, high-efficiency, all-jet passenger airline offering air travel both on a stand-alone basis and bundled with hotel rooms, rental cars and other travel related services. www.allegiant.com